Chapter · April 2006with7 Reads
DOI: 10.1007/0-306-47671-1_7
Ostracods are small bivalved crustaceans that are common in non-marine waters. They secrete shells of low-Mg calcite, which are often well preserved in Quaternary sediments. Ostracods are sensitive to a range of ecological factors, of which habitat type and the chemical composition are potentially most valuable for palaeoenvironmental work. Furthermore, ostracod shells provide a source of carbonate for geochemical analysis, including trace elements and stable isotopes. Despite past under-representation of ostracods in palaeolimnology, recent advances in the understanding of their biology, taxonomy, ecology and shell chemistry have led to them becoming used almost routinely in environmental reconstruction alongside other indicators. This chapter reviews the palaeolimnological significance of ostracods by providing an outline of their biology, taxonomy and ecology, together with an account of the main palaeoenvironmental techniques and their application.
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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Seven species of freshwater ostracodes were identified from the sediments of 43 lakes on eight islands across the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. No ostracodes were encountered in the sediments of almost half of the lakes, and most were found at sites that had higher alkalinity. Several taxa endemic to Arctic regions are found across the Arctic Archipelago, including Candona rectangulata Alm, Limnocythere liporeticulata Delorme, and Tonnacypris glacialis sars. The distributions of Cytherissa lacustris sars, Cyclocypris globosa sars, Limnocythere sappaensis staplin, and Limnocythere (Limnocytherina) camera Delorme are more limited; this fact is attributed to differences in ion composition and concentrations. RÉSUMÉ. Sept espèces d'ostracodes d'eau douce ont été identifiées à partir des sédiments de 43 lacs répartis dans huit îles de l'archipel Arctique canadien. Aucun ostracode n'a été décelé dans les sédiments de près de la moitié des lacs, et la plupart ont été trouvés dans des lieux ayant un taux d'alcalinité plus élevé. Plusieurs taxons endémiques aux régions de l'Arctique se retrouvent à la grandeur de l'archipel Arctique, dont le Candona rectangulata Alm, le Limnocythere liporeticulata Delorme et le Tonnacypris glacialis sars. Les répartitions de Cytherissa lacustris sars, de Cyclocypris globosa sars, de Limnocythere sappaensis staplin et de Limnocythere (Limnocytherina) camera Delorme sont plus restreintes, ce qui est attribuable aux différences sur le plan de la composition et des concentrations en ions. Mots clés : ostracodes, répartitions, biogéographie, limnologie, paléolimnologie, Arctique canadien Traduit pour la revue Arctic par nicole Giguère.
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